Topic: Education and children's services

Local authorities are at the forefront of providing eduction services for their communities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.

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Children’s Services – Regulation of Early Years Providers – Ofsted consultation

Ofsted is consulting on a revised framework for the Regulation of Early Years Providers on the Early Years Register until 6 April 2012. Ofsted registers, inspects and (where appropriate) takes enforcement action against those registered on the Early Years Register to make provision for children from birth to 31 August after their fifth birthday; these…

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On Your Radar – January 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. Given this is the first On Your Radar of 2012 it seems appropriate to focus more this month on…

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Creating a sporting habit for life – a new youth strategy

The central aim of the Government’s new Strategy for youth sport is to increase the number of 14-25 year olds playing sport ensuring that participation continues beyond school years into adulthood. This briefing summarises the key points, comments on its policy direction and on the debate over the money available for the strategy. The role…

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Action on ‘coasting’ and ‘satisfactory’ schools

The Prime Minister hosted a ‘summit on coasting schools’ at No.10 (on 17 January), attended by Secretary of State Michael Gove, new HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw, Sir Michael Barber (former advisor to Tony Blair), and a number of headteachers.

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New framework for school inspection

The new framework for school inspection has now (January 2012) commenced, implementing a number of amendments to the Education Act 2005 made by the Education Act 2011.

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HMCI (Ofsted) Annual Report 2010-11

The Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI), published on 22 November, covers September 2010 to August 2011. It describes Ofsted’s purpose as being ‘to raise standards and improve lives’, which it does by ‘highlighting honestly both where things are going well and where improvements are most needed’. The…

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